At the top of the page is a photo of the Sculptures of Fionn Mac Cumhail and his Hounds.  The figures, in Corten steel, are the work of Lynn Kirkham of the Greenmantle studio and were commissioned by the Kildare county council’s arts service. The statue of a spear-wielding Fionn is five metres high while the hounds stand at three metres. They have become symbols of Newbridge, the town I live in.

I live in Kildare with my husband, family and two dogs.  I am an avid reader, love to write and am currently working on my third novel.  My first novel “Charlie Mac” is biographical fiction, based on the lives of my great-grandparents.  It tells their story as they raised their family during the turbulent years of the Home Rule Campaign and the partition of Ireland.  It is available to buy on Amazon for Kindle.

If you prefer a paperback contact your local independent bookshop.

Farrell and Nephew, Newbridge, Co Kildare.  http://www.farrellandnephew.ie

Woodbine Books, Kilcullen, Co Kildare.  http://www.woodbinebooks.ie

Barker and Jones, Naas, Co Kildare.  http://www.thebookcentre.ie

The Maynooth Bookshop, Maynooth, Co Kildare.  http://www.schoolbooksmaynooth.com

Alan Hanna’s Bookshop, 270 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.  http://www.alanhannas.com

An Ceathrú Póilí, Falls Road, Belfast.  http://www.anceathrupoili.com

Also available in libraries in South Dublin and Kildare.

On Sunday 27th July 2018 I spoke to Teresa Quinn on the Bookline programme on Liffey Sound 96.4fm.  Listen in:  https://www.mixcloud.com/liffeysoundfm/bookline-29th-july/

I also write short stories and have had several published in Woman’s Way magazine, in Ireland’s Own and in News and Views and in the Journal of Arts and Letters http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/fiction/short-story/short-story-maria-mcdonalds-time/.  https://www.womansway.ie/home-away/2019/2/15/seaside-blue

Contact information. Email:  mariamcdonaldnewbridge@gmail.com